UFC 131 Results: Dana White Furious with the Judges' Discrepancies

Todd SeylerContributor IJune 13, 2011

ESPN.uk has reported that UFC President Dana White left the Rogers Centre in Vancouver, Canada angry and mystified over bizarre decisions by the judges at UFC 131.

Dana White and the UFC have attempted to minimize errors by the judges sitting cage-side by installing video monitors to improve on the accuracy of the decisions.

Unfortunately, even with the use of monitors and clear vision into the Octagon, White believes that grave errors in judgment resulted in obviously blown decisions by the judges.

In the night's first bout, Darren Elkins was awarded the win over Michihiro Omigawa, much to the chagrin of Dana White who believes Omigawa won this lightweight matchup.

To further enrage White, one of the judges even awarded Elkins all three rounds over the Japanese star.

"One of the things I want to say—because you guys always hear me, and I did again tonight, smashing the judges—is the guy that was scoring 30-27, seriously?" White said. "I don't know what the f*** in the world that guy was seeing. He should never judge a fight again, ever."

Dana White then went on to state that Michihiro Omigawa would be provided his win bonus en lieu of his defeat.

"And now we've got TV screens. What the f***? You've got a TV screen. How did you judge that 30-27? We're going to pay (Omigawa) his win money. I don't care what the judge says, he won the fight. … I say he won. Overruled."

Further controversy erupted in the Mark Munoz, Demian Maia contest. Maia seemingly controlled the first round. However, all three judges awarded Munoz the first round.

Commenting on Munoz's controversial decision victory, White added, "I had the first round going to Maia, second round going to Munoz, and the third round was tough to score. Third round was tough. If that went either way in the third round, I could have said, 'Yeah.' But 30-27? Come on."

In swift contrast to the judges incompetence, White was quick to provide praise to referee Herb Dean during the night's main event between Junior dos Santos and Shane Carwin.

Dropping Carwin in the first round, dos Santos followed up with a flurry of unanswered punches. Dean, a respected and veteran referee, allowed the fight to continue as Carwin maintained a defensive posture and was intelligently defending himself from the onslaught of savage strikes.

"Herb Dean is the best referee in the business. I thought it before (tonight)," White said. "When you've got a fighter there, sometimes these guys get scared, and they get nervous or whatever, and they don't want to get booed. You're in charge in there. You make the decisions."

White continued to sing Dean's praises by stating, "If I'm a fighter, and I'm in there, and my record is on the line, my money is on the line, everything, I want to see Herb Dean standing in the Octagon in between me and the next fighter," White said. "I believe (Dean) is the best in the business—maybe the best referee ever in this sport."

Strong praise for Herb Dean and undeniable lament for the cage-side judges in Vancouver by Dana White.

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